Indian Doctor to contest for British Parliamentary seat

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Bangalore, Mar 15 (UNI) Dr Neeraj Patil of Kamalapura in Gulbarga District of Karnataka, will be contesting for British Parliamentary seat as Labour Party candidate.

The 38-year-old doctor and consultant at the Kingston Hospital in South-East London, thus earns the distinction of being the first Indian Citizen after Dadabhai Naoroji, Piara Khabra and Keith Vaz to contest for a Parliamentary seat in Britain on behalf of a major political party.

Dr Patil will be contesting against Conservative Education Minister Michal Gove in the British Parliamentary elections due in May 2009, a press release stated here today.

After spending 14 years in the UK practicing medicine, Dr Patil has achieved significant recognition as a Labour Party representative after he was elected as councilor of Lambeth Council in London in 2006.

Dr Patil is grandson of Freedom Fighter Shankar Shetty Patil, who was also a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. His mother Dr Parvati Devi Patil is a retired professor of medicine.

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